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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 10-15-2020

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8 THE VALLEY OCTOBER 15-21, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION BLACKSTONE – A local author is hop- ing her own experiences overcoming fear and anxiety will help others find their way to a worry-free life. Paula Sullivan is a local middle school paraprofessional and Blackstone resident who said worry and anxiety have been a part of her life since she was a young girl. In 2016, after selling her manufacturing business, she turned to writing after a friend recommended sharing what she'd learned with others. Her first book, "Simply Being Happy," focused on ways to create joy in the midst of worry. "It was my own personal mission to get myself happy," she said. Earlier this year, with COVID-19 creating more time at home, she set out to write and publish her second book, "Finally Worry Free." Sullivan said her latest book centers on the fact that much of the advice out there for people who suffer from anxiety is not helping. Instead, she encourages readers to use simple practices like affirmations and visualizations to clear out negative images from their minds. Her strategies, she said, are taken from years of poring over books and visiting a psychologist to develop her own method to fight anxiety. "What I hope people get out of the book is that it is possible to replace things like worry, stress and deep-down beliefs that a person isn't good enough or lucky enough or even normal enough to be really happy," she said. Beyond the books, she's hoping to share her message more widely through speaking events and on her website, www.finallywor- ryfree.org . Though the timing of COVID- 19 was not ideal for connecting with her readers – so far, all of her engagements have been online – she said she's looking forward to sharing what she's learned to help others be truly happy. "I feel like I know too much now, and I can help others," she said. "Finally Worry Free" is available for free as an e-book on Sullivan's website or from amazon.com. Local author hopes to send anxiety packing with new book By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com Local author and Blackstone resident PAULA SULLIVAN said she hopes her new book, "Finally Worry Free," helps others overcome their fear and anxiety. It's the perfect sort of situation and community support of the food hub of the next generation," he said. For now, the assistance will take the form of a Local Foods/ Local Places workshop scheduled for Oct. 27–29. Though nor- mally held in person, this workshop will take place online and include sessions geared toward tackling issues of food access and growing the food economy in the city. The goal, said Rego, is to come up with an action plan that will translate to positive steps the community can take to grow its food economy in the com- ing months. "I am really hopeful and optimistic, because they have done this across the country," she said. Local residents and business owners interested in par- ticipating in the workshop can find a registration link on the NeighborWorks website and Facebook page. From left, Dennis Deziel, EPA New England regional administrator, Ken Ayer, chief of agriculture for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Tara Cimini, food access lead for the Woonsocket Health Equity Zone, John Chan, owner of Chan's restau- rant, Meghan Rego, director of resource development and communi- cations for NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, and Scott Gibbs, director of planning for Woonsocket tour Chan's restaurant during a recent tour of downtown sites as part of the LOCAL FOODS/LOCAL PLACES program. LOCAL FOODS From Page 4

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